Hand Block - Resist/Dabu Printing of Kala Dera, Rajasthan

Hand Block - Resist/Dabu Printing of Kala Dera, Rajasthan


The Resist/Dabu technique used here involves using wax or gum clay mixed with resin. This is applied with a brush or block, or by hand to portions of the cloth and the colour is applied subsequently. The wax is then washed off in hot or flowing water and the applied colour moves into this area to give a diffused effect. Block printing is done on the portion of the cloth where the original colour is retained. Specific outlines and patterns are highlighted against the contrast colour. The design gets a broken appearance like batik due to the leakage of colour once the resist is washed off.

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